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NSA of Baha'is of USA - Annual Report 2008

NSA of Baha'is of USA - Annual Report 2008

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The 2008 annual report from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.
The 2008 annual report from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.

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 National Spiritual Assembly of theBahá’ís of the United States and its agencies
Riḍván 2008 Annual Report 
 
Riḍván 2008 Annual Message
ear Bahá’í Friends,The year just concluded was characterized by outstanding prog-ress in advancing the process o entry by troops. The third yearo the Five Year Plan opens with bright and immediate prospectsor growth, the evidence o which can be seen in clusters in every region o the country. Already there has been a notable increase in new believers asthe result o an exciting surge in teaching activity. As o this writing, thenumber o adults and youth who entered the shelter o God’s Cause duringthe past year is expected to exceed the previous year’s total by at least hal.In addition, the opening months o 2008 saw a signicant increase in theregistrations o children and youth, rom a monthly average o 46 in 2007to a current average o 78. The new registrations are coming primarily romclusters with intensive programs o growth in place—a welcome portent o agrowing rejuvenation o the Bahá’í community. More important, the elements o community lie prescribed by the Universal House o Justice as essential or sustained and accelerated growth are rapidlytaking shape in cluster ater cluster. More believers than ever beore aredirectly involved in the institute training process and related activities. Thesedevelopments, combined with an emerging pattern o action, refection, andlearning at the cluster level, are greatly enhancing our capacity to reach outto the larger community with the Message o Bahá’u’lláh, to attract largenumbers o receptive souls to the Faith, and to nurture them in their ownpath o service.These victories will surely inspire every believer with eelings o prooundgratitude to the Blessed Beauty, and provoke a resh determination to carryorward this sacred work.
 National Spiritual Assembly o the Bahá’ís o the United States
 
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 Advancements at the cluster level
The number o clusters with intensive programs o growth more than doubledduring the past year, rom 42 at Riḍván 2007 to at least 90 (projected) as o  Riḍván 2008. This places the American Bahá’í community on a pace to achieveits goal o 233 intensive programs o growth by the end o the Plan.This notable progress received its impetus rom steadily increasing participationin the institute process—with more believers working to complete the ull se-quence o Ruhi courses—in the core activities, and in other associated services.The aggregate increases since Riḍván 2006 illustrate our growing commitmentto this organically unolding process, while also revealing a potential yet to beachieved. For example:
•ThosecompletingatleastonebookintheRuhisequenceincreasedfrom
20,300 to 27,000.
•Thosecompletingtheentiresequencedoubledfrom2,900to5,900.•Thenumberofstudycirclesincreasedfrom1,900to2,300.•Thenumberofchildren’sclassesincreasedfrom850to1,100.•Junioryouthprogramsincreasedfrom40to340.
The number o seekers attending core activities also increased signicantly,especially in the more advanced clusters. As the numbers are steadily increasing,it is dicult at present to report an aggregate or the entire country. But it isclear that those attending core activities naturally constitute one o the mostreceptive populations in the clusters where the most growth has been seen. While there was a general upsurge in teaching activity across the country, most
hile therewas a generalupsurge in teachingactivity across thecountry, most o thegrowth came roma relatively smallnumber o clustersthat shared severalcharacteristics, such asan emphasis on direct teaching, collectiveteaching projects, anda vigorous institute process.
o the growth came rom a relatively smallnumber o clusters that shared severalcharacteristics. These included:
•Anemphasisondirectteaching,“an
open and bold assertion o the unda-mental verities o the Cause,” or which
“Anna’spresentation”fromRuhiBook6
is serving as an eective model. A relatedelement is the condent readiness o agrowing number o the riends to inviteindividuals to become members o the Bahá’í Faith.
•Collectiveteachingprojectsorganized
under the auspices o the Area Teach-ing Committees. In cluster ater cluster,

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